Sago palm, a heat-loving landscape pl...

Sago palm, a heat-loving landscape plant with longevity

There are 1 comment on the The Daily Republic story from Jun 15, 2014, titled Sago palm, a heat-loving landscape plant with longevity. In it, The Daily Republic reports that:

Drought tolerant, it survives temperature extremes from 15 to 110 degrees and grows in sun or shade.

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“Geologist [I'm Climate Change]”

Since: Mar 07

formerly Nuneaton

#1 Jun 16, 2014
Another nice article;

Very pretty to grow certainly but definitely do NOT eat. If you do you will end up with less braincells than either of the Bush presidents.

One bit in the article which was not mentioned (probably due to a lack of decent reference books, is that the Cycads (Cycas, Encephalartos, Zamia etc.) are actually also very closely related to the Ginkgoales, which changed into classical trees by lengthening & thinning the stems and reducing the leaves from pinnate serried rows to individual fused leaflet pairs & finally in the modern Ginkgo a single triangular fused leaf.
The key giveaway comes in the larch like short shoots on the branches which retain the Cycad rosette structure, & also the primitive coniferous type pollination (more advanced than the Cycads) followed by single seeds in a fruit.
They also appear to be rather tougher then the cycadeoids which resembled cycads, but were probably more primitive semi desert adapted ginkgoales (in the same niche as Yucca & Cacti) which survived right up to the K/T boundary.

The fact that Ginkgo (& the cycads) survived the K-T boundary is because the Ginkgoales were polar deciduous trees which can survive nukes (as seen in Japan) due to starch reserves in the roots & also an ability to resprout from bark & suckers. The only thing Ginkgos cannot survive are permafrost, severe drought & lawnmower death vs suckers from cut over stumps.
Cycads survived the K-T boundary as a result of being true desert plants adapted to periodic fires, being so poisonous that nothing eating them survives long (see start of note), & also the ability in most species to grow from root suckers well away from the main stem forming scattered clumps in old plants (a fire & dune adaptation).

Have a nice day: Ag

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